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Hissey Kientz Adds Testosterone Booster Lawsuit Practice

Stem client Hissey Kientz LLP has announced a new practice area and microsite for men who have taken testosterone boosters and suffered harmful side effects, such as”stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism and coronary artery disease.”

The new website, located at testosteronelawsuitnews.com, provides detailed information on these side effects, the research supporting increased risk for cardiac problems, and the rising number of lawsuits. Screen shot below:

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For more information on testosterone (‘Low-T’) lawsuits, please visit the microsite or contact Hissey Kientz’s person injury lawyers directly.

Stem Legal Welcomes Ben Hanuka and Law Works P.C.

Stem Legal is pleased to welcome our newest client, Ben Hanuka and Law Works Professional Corporation.Law Works PC

Ben Hanuka is the principal and founder of Law Works Professional Corporation.  Based in Toronto, Ontario, Mr. Hanuka is one of Canada’s leading franchise lawyers.  Over his sixteen years of practice, he has developed a strong reputations among the courts and peers for his tenacity and creative legal thinking in court, arbitration, mediation and negotiation.  He has been the lead litigator in precedent setting franchise and commercial litigation over his career.  He also has extensive experience practicing on the commercial list, Ontario’s specialized Court for complex commercial disputes.

Law Works P.C. practices in all areas of franchise law, including Canadian franchise litigation and appeal, franchise rescission, franchise termination, franchise non-compete covenants and franchise waivers and releases.

Mr. Hanuka believes in justice. He believes in delivering all that it takes to get a fair resolution – for every franchise business that he represents, whether franchisor or franchisee.  Justice is also what Law Works Professional Corporation is all about, and why more franchise businesses and their professional advisors trust Hanuka and Law Works Professional Corporation.

Mr. Hanuka  is also a well known writer, featuring regular columns on Huffington Post Canada, and Canadian Lawyer Magazine. He also enjoys giving back to the legal community.  He is the founder and longest-serving chair (from 2002 to 2008) of Joint Subcommittee of Franchising of the Ontario Bar Association (now the Franchise Law Section).  He has served as mentor to many young franchise lawyers, and taught the Civil Litigation section of the Bar Admissions course of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Stem is pleased to be working with Ben Hanuka and Law Works P.C.

About Ben Hanuka and Law Works Professional Corporation:   Ben Hanuka is a Toronto lawyer that practises solely in franchise law. Law Works Professional Corporation, of which Ben Hanuka is the founding Partner, is a firm that concentrates on all aspects of franchise law, from Canadian franchise litigation and appeals to franchise waivers and releases.

About Stem Legal Web Enterprises: Stem Legal helps law firms build online profile and increase web-driven business. Tactics range from law firm SEO and link building campaigns, to audience profiling and content development strategies. Stem also helps firms leverage the social web by using law blogs and social networking, developing content syndication strategies, and participating in business market conversations.

For more information, please contact Steve Matthews at 604.826.8072, or by email at steve@stemlegal.com.

Hissey Kientz Announce Zithromax (Z-Pac) Litigation Practice

Stem client Hissey Kientz LLP has announced a new litigation practice area for individuals suffering liver damage, side effects and other complications after taking Zithromax.

Commonly known as “Z-Pak”,  Zithromax is a popular antibiotic manufactured by Pfizer and prescribed for treatment of mild to moderate infections. In a number of cases, users have reported experiencing liver damage including “elevated liver enzymes, jaundice and liver failure.” Some patients with Z-Pak liver complications have been forced to undergo liver transplant surgery, and in extreme cases Zithromax liver damage has even led to death.

For more information about the new Z-Pac practice area, please visit the link above or contact Hissey Kientz’s lawyers directly.

Koplow Win in Scottsdale DUI Evidence Case

Long time Stem client Lawrence Koplow is in the news again, and for very good reason.  A landmark DUI case we mentioned a few months ago involving faulty test equipment at the Scottsdale Crime Lab has received a favorable decision in Arizona courts.  The Judge reviewing the case has thrown out blood test evidence involving 11 DUI charges; a decision that will likely have an impact on all DUI charges in Scottsdale, Arizona since 2009.

Here is a news clip from a local CBS affiliate summarizing the potential fallout:

The story was picked up by various TV channels and news outlets. Here’s a summary of the coverage:

Congratulations to Lawrence! This is a fantastic outcome.

Stem Legal’s First Book Now Available! “Content Marketing And Publishing Strategies For Law Firms” On Sale Now

BookCover - Content MarketingSteve Matthews and Jordan Furlong are proud to announce the publication of the very first book from Stem Legal Web Enterprises.

Content Marketing And Publishing Strategies For Law Firms has just been published by The Ark Group, one of the legal industry’s most respected publishers of high-quality books about the business of law. Based on their combined 35 years in the legal marketplace, Content Marketing And Publishing Strategies For Law Firms represents the complete collection of Steve’s and Jordan’s knowledge, insights and advice for law firms concerning why and how to publish content for marketing purposes.

The book, applicable for firms ranging from small regional entities to national or global giants, provides law firms with the following valuable knowledge:

  • Why law firms need strategies to guide their content publishing efforts
  • How to create a law firm publishing strategy, and what it should contain
  • Why firms must integrate their publishing, business development and branding strategies
  • How to choose the best platforms and publications to host law firm content
  • How to distribute a firm’s content through the most effective channels
  • How to create, maintain and enforce a culture of publishing in a law firm
  • Why and how to measure the results of a law firm’s publishing efforts

From newsletters to blogs to microsites, from Twitter to LinkedIn to Google Plus, Content Marketing And Publishing Strategies For Law Firms delivers market-leading insights to law firms that want to maximize the value of their publishing efforts. Bonus Feature: four real-life case studies from the United States and Canada that show how law firms are already succeeding through strategic approaches to content marketing.

To order your firm’s copy of Content Marketing And Publishing Strategies For Law Firms today, visit the book’s information page at The Ark Group’s website. If you want to get a preview of what the book offers, read the executive summary (PDF), or even better, download a free sample chapter (PDF).

Catherine Best Re-launches LegalResearch.org

Stem Legal is pleased to announce the re-launch of the iconic legal research website, Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research, at legalresearch.org.

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Over the past few months, we’ve had the pleasure of assisting Catherine Best, the site’s creator and author, in converting the site from simple, static HTML to a robust, standards-compliant, WordPress-based website complete with a striking new design. We worked with Catherine to optimize content organization and give more prominence to the site’s centerpiece, the Step-by-Step Legal Research Process flowchart. Catherine has also debuted the Canadian Legal Research Blog.

Launched 15 years ago in 1998, the Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research quickly became a favourite of law students, legal researchers and librarians across Canada and internationally. Users consistently praise its comprehensive information, valuable links, and clear explanations of legal research concepts. Stem is honoured to have been a part of the transformation of such an iconic and important website.

 

Stem Welcomes Robson Carpenter LLP

Stem Legal is pleased to welcome our newest client, Robson Carpenter LLP.

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Robson Carpenter LLP is a specialized firm and services clients requiring legal services in the following areas:

Robson Carpenter LLP’s lawyers – Greg Carpenter Craig Robson, William Thompson, Adam Zasada Khiam Nong, and Megan MacDonald – clerks, and administrative staff are committed to providing excellent service and a high level of value to the firm’s clients.  Just a few of the things that make Robson Carpenter LLP different from many other firms and that exemplify the service and value that Robson Carpenter LLP offers are explained here.

The lawyers of Robson Carpenter write a group blog, the Condo Development Blog, and Adam Zasada authors the Ontario Construction Law and Litigation Blog, which won a Clawbie for Best New Law Blog in 2012.

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Connect with Robson Carpenter LLP on Twitter (@RC_LLP) and LinkedIn.

 About Robson Carpenter LLP: A boutique law firm serving clients across Ontario, Robson Carpenter LLP was established by Craig Robson and Greg Carpenter in 2006. The firm’s six lawyers advise and represent clients – most of whom are involved in real estate, construction, or insurance – in matters within the firm’s chosen areas of practice: condominium and subdivision development, construction law and litigation, insurance law, condominium corporation advice, and litigation and dispute resolution.  Robson Carpenter LLP’s offices are based in Ayr, Ontario, but the firm assists clients located throughout the Province of Ontario.

 About Stem Legal Web Enterprises: Stem Legal helps law firms build online profile and increase web-driven business. Tactics range from law firm SEO and link building campaigns, to audience profiling and content development strategies. Stem also helps firms leverage the social web by using law blogs and social networking, developing content syndication strategies, and participating in business market conversations.

For more information, please contact Steve Matthews at 604.826.8072, or by email at steve@stemlegal.com.

New Mirena IUD Microsite from Hissey Kientz

Stem client Hissey Kientz recently created a microsite for consumers who have suffered injuries related to the Mirena IUD. The site is available at mirenalawsuithelp.com.

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The Mirena intra-uterine birth control device has been linked to side effects such as ectopic pregnancy, perforation of the uterus, pelvic inflammatory disease, infection and abnormal vaginal bleeding, which can lead to permanent infertility or require surgery to correct.

Mirena was introduced to market in 2000, but in 2009, the FDA warned its manufacturer, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, that Mirena advertising “presents unsubstantiated claims, minimizes the risks of using Mirena, and includes false or misleading presentations regarding Mirena”. To date, more than 40 lawsuits have been filed, alleging Bayer knew about the risks associated with Mirena and failed to provide adequate warnings to consumers.

The microsite and corresponding video include information on the device and its reported side effects, related news, and contact information for consumers interested in discussing their case with a lawyer.

Stem Around the Web

It’s been a couple months since our first edition of “Stem Around the Web” – the company version of our routine client news roundup. Here’s a quick look at what we’ve been up to since then, beyond our own network of blogs:

We’ll be back in another couple months!

 

Lawrence Koplow’s DUI Evidence Case Makes National Headlines

Stem Legal client Lawrence Koplow has had a busy week – a case he’s involved in has made national headlines.

Reporting in the Phoenix-based Arizona Republic newspaper described how 11 DUI cases have been consolidated into one action, questioning “whether a crime-lab technician’s decision to bootstrap old software onto a new blood-testing machine in 2009 — and the faulty results that allegedly arose from that decision — has affected evidence handled by Scottsdale’s crime lab.” (See: Scottsdale DUIs in question over lab methods)

Koplow, a criminal defense lawyer with a large DUI practice, was quoted several times in the article.

“Forget about suppressing, they’re not even letting juries know this is going on. … They’re letting juries hear from the crime lab, ‘We’re confident that this machine is accurate within 5 percent,’ when the reality is there’s all this evidence to the contrary.”

The Republic article was picked up by the Associated Press and subsequently reported across the US.

Small Firm Innovation’s Fresh New Look

Stem Legal was honoured to collaborate with our client Clio to design a new look for Small Firm Innovation, the practice management website they created and maintain.

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Written by, for, and about solo and small law firms, Small Firm Innovation now features more prominent monthly themes, eye-catching visuals, and increased exposure and visibility for its contributors.

Clio President and CEO, Jack Newton:

“We’re proud that Small Firm Innovation has become an important, award-winning resource for solos and small firms in the short time since in launched in June of 2011. Together with the team at Stem Legal, we’re thrilled to launch a new visual design for Small Firm Innovation that helps the amazing content on the site stand out.”

For more details on the site’s makeover, see our post, Behind the Scenes on the Small Firm Innovation Redesign, on Law Firm Web Strategy.

Congratulations, Clio and the Small Firm Innovation team! We are proud to have had the opportunity to work on this project with you.

Clio Reveals Latest Integrations at ABA TECHSHOW 2013

Stem client Clio has just returned from another successful year at ABA TECHSHOW, where they announced a pair of new integrations with their cloud-based law practice management software.

Clio users are invited to sign up to beta test integrations with cloud-based document management service NetDocuments and cloud-based accounting service Xero. General availability for both integrations is planned for May 2013.

See Clio’s press releases for more information:

Congratulations, Clio!

Steve Matthews on Building a Law Firm Publishing Culture

Stem president and founder Steve Matthews will be presenting a free webinar through Lunch Hour Legal Marketing on Thursday, April 18th 2013. Steve’s talk is on Creating (and Managing) a Law Firm Publishing Culture.

Lawyer publishing has long been a staple of law firm marketing, turning lawyers who “wrote the book” on their area of practice into widely recognized authorities who showcased their professional credibility to the market. What has changed, thanks to the Internet, is the volume!  Most firms have significantly more authors, publishing vehicles, and content distribution options than ever before, especially digitally. But what if your firm isn’t moving in this direction? Or, almost worse, what if it is moving, but so quickly that there is no formalized strategy behind your firm’s publishing?

Steve will discuss:

  • How (and where) to inspire new authorship within your firm;
  • Finding the right “fit” between different authors and publishing vehicles (or, why everyone is not necessarily a blogger!);
  • Building better routines — monitoring and brainstorming new topics, editorial calendars, scheduling;
  • The role of practice group publishing in midsize and larger firms;
  • Creating measurable objectives that support your firm’s business goals;
  • The role of search engine traffic in creating continued exposure for your firm’s body of work;
  • Identifying publishing targets, audience demographics, and measuring exposure; and
  • Time management — tips for making the demands of writing and publishing easier.

To register for this free webinar, visit www.lunchhourlegalmarketing.com.  Lunch Hour Legal Marketing is a joint effort from the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, the North Carolina Bar Association’s Center for Practice Management, and the Chicago Bar Association’s Law Practice Management & Technology.

Stem Legal Welcomes Heffner & Associates

Stem Legal is pleased to welcome our newest client, Heffner & Associates.

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Established in 1992 by Mark Heffner, Esq., Heffner & Associates is a Rhode Island law firm whose sole focus is elder care law. Older Rhode Islanders and their families are well served by Mr. Heffner and his team of four paralegals, who guide them every step of the way with Medicaid applications, guardianship matters, special needs planning, nursing home asset protection, and wills, trusts and estate planning. After a client passes away, the firm assists the family or executor with probate and estate settlement.

Mark Heffner is a true pioneer in the area of elder law; he’s practiced in this field since 1988, when an elder care crisis in his own family prompted him to develop the skills necessary to protect elderly clients and their loved ones. He is one of only 400 attorneys in the US designated as a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), and has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys for more than 20 years. He also teaches elder law at the Roger Williams University School of Law and authors the Rhode Island Elder Care Lawyer Blog.

About Heffner & Associates: Since 1992, Heffner & Associates has been focused on solving problems and achieving results for older Rhode Islanders and their families. Attorney Mark Heffner is a certified elder law specialist, and his firm provides compassionate, expert advice on managing nursing home costs, estate planning, wills and trusts, and all other elder care issues. Heffner and his staff believe that no matter the situation, it is never too late to obtain a positive outcome for elderly clients and their loved ones. The firm works closely with clients and their families to ensure that healthcare and financial goals are fulfilled, and peace of mind is achieved.

About Stem Legal Web Enterprises: Stem Legal helps law firms build online profile and increase web-driven business. Tactics range from law firm SEO and link building campaigns, to audience profiling and content development strategies. Stem also helps firms leverage the social web by using law blogs and social networking, developing content syndication strategies, and participating in business market conversations. For more information, please contact Steve Matthews at 604.826.8072, or by email at steve@stemlegal.com.

BioMet Hip Replacement Help from Hissey Kientz

Stem client Hissey Kientz recently launched a microsite to help people suffering from injuries related to BioMet M2A Magnum hip replacements.

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The microsite, available at www.biomethiplawyers.com, explains that despite widespread reports of problems related to the hip implants, the FDA has not yet issued a recall. However, the FDA has issued recalls for DePuy ASR, Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant systems, which are similar in structure to BioMet’s metal-on-metal design.

Consumers have reported side effects of the BioMet hip replacements such as severe pain, swelling and difficulty walking, and many have required hip revision surgery.  Problems stemming from the implant may include fretting and corrosion, loosening of the hip implant, metallosis (metal poisoning), osteolysis, bone deterioration, fractures, and dislocation.

The site also provides current news, and encourages anyone who has experienced side effects or required corrective surgery to resolve problems related to the BioMet M2A Magnum hip replacement to contact the firm.

Hissey Kientz Launches Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Microsite

Stem client Hissey Kientz LLP has just launched a microsite created for patients affected by the July 2012 recall of Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II modular hip replacement systems, at http://www.strykerhiprecallhelp.com/.

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The hip replacement systems, manufactured by Stryker Corporation, have metal components that can grind together over time and shred, releasing toxins into the body and resulting in a form of metal poisoning called metallosis. The hip replacement can also suddenly dislocate, cause osteolysis, fretting, loosening and other major problems.

The microsite features a news section, details on the recalls in the US and Canada, and a case evaluation submission form.

For more information on the Stryker hip replacement recall, visit the microsite or contact Hissey Kientz’s person injury lawyers directly.

 

Stem Around the Web

Stem Legal has long been publishing regular roundups of client news over at our Law Firm Web Strategy Blog, and it’s time we do the same for company news.  Here’s a look at what our team has been up to around the web over the last few months.

To round things out, we’d also like to mention some of our most recent and frequently shared posts from Law Firm Web Strategy:

 

Russell Alexander Launches New Firm Website

Stem Legal is proud to announce the launch of a newly redesigned website for our clients, Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers!

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With offices in Markham, Lindsay, and Brooklin, Ontario, Russell Alexander provides a wide range of family law services. The firm’s lawyers are strongly committed to the processes of Collaborative Practice and resolving conflict without the courts, but are equally prepared to to bring matters to trial when necessary. The firm’s lawyers and staff pride themselves on treating their clients, who generally hail from the Durham, Oshawa and Kawartha Lakes regions, as if they were family — see the many glowing testimonials to that effect!

One significant improvement for the new website has been the addition of detailed practice pages. The firm has added more explanation to how they advise clients facing divorce, child custody and access cases, spousal and child support matters, or division of family property. They also identify frequently drafted documents such as separation and cohabitation agreements; explain how they represent clients in Family Responsibility Office (FRO) and default hearings, and how they utilize mediation and ADR within the context of marital disputes.

Firm founder Russell Alexander is an active social media participant and blogger, and the new website reflects this. A special landing page was created to summarize the newest posts from Russell’s very popular FamilyLLB blog.  Dedicated pages were also included to showcase the firm’s YouTube channel, which displays selected videos that feature lawyers and staff discussing Ontario family law topics.

Another noteworthy focus of the site is on the firm’s commitment to community. The Russell I. Alexander Giving Fund has distributed more than $15,000 in charitable donations to worthy community organizations since the fund’s inception in 2009.

Lastly, the website features an extensive collection of educational consumer resources, including Ontario family law FAQs, in-depth information on collaborative practice, articles on parental alienation syndrome, recommended books and websites, and a guide to navigating the family courts system in Ontario.

The site was designed responsively, presenting equally as well on a tablet or smartphone as it does on a desktop computer.

Our sincerest congratulations to Russell, associate lawyers Wendy Lloyd and Aleksandra Czyzowska, and the all firm’s staff, who put forth a true team effort to create brand-new content (and revive some of the old), resulting in a terrific website that captures both the firm’s professionalism and personality.

New Transvaginal Mesh Microsite from Hissey Kientz LLP

Stem client Hissey Kientz LLP has launched a microsite detailing the problems faced by former patients who received a transvaginal mesh (“TVM”) patch during surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse. The new site is located at TVMLawsuitHelp.com.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings regarding the use of transvaginal mesh, which can expose patients to a greater risk of complications than other methods of surgical vaginal repair. The FDA stated that patients undergoing mesh repair surgery could experience severe side effects such as vaginal mesh erosion and organ perforation.

This new site details information regarding the brands of varying surgical mesh devices, research findings, explanations of the potential complications, and information regarding TVM lawsuits.

For more information about the new Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Help website, please visit the link above or contact Hissey Kientz’s lawyers directly.

GranuFlo Recall Help Microsite From Hissey Kientz

Stem client Hissey Kientz has just launched a microsite for consumers affected by the recent recall of dialysis product GranuFlo, at www.GranuFloRecallHelp.com.

The recall occurred after an internal memo from manufacturer Fresenius Medical Care (FMC) was leaked. The memo described a connection between the elevated bicarbonate levels caused by acid concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte and cardiac arrest. FMS sent this memo to its own dialysis centers, but didn’t warn thousands of physicians at dialysis clinics not owned by FMC. The FDA issued a Class 1 recall on March 29, 2012.

GranuFlo Recall Help explains how this product was used in hemodialysis; possible side effects including heart attack, stroke, and metabolic alkalosis; news related to the recall; and how those hurt by the product may be eligible to file a lawsuit against GranuFlo’s manufacturer.

For more information about the GranuFlo and NaturaLyte recall, please visit the microsite or contact Hissey Kientz’s lawyers directly.